Last year I wrote about a wonderful company that’s all about some amazing toys, and I’m excited to share them with you again. In case you missed it last time, let me introduce you to my kind of toy store, Brilliant Sky Toys & Books!
Brilliant Sky Toys & Books is a toy store unlike any of the other big-box toy stores you make have been to before. They focus on providing the shopper with an experience full of enrichment, enlightenment, and enjoyment, all while maintaining the closeness and expertise of a small, locally owned shop. They fill their shelves with the finest, most developmentally sound toys, books, and playthings of all kinds. Plus, with the small-store expertise of the staff, you will always have someone available to help you find just what you’re needing for that special little person. For the last 5 years, Brilliant Sky has decided to look through thousands of high quality children’s toys and books, and pick their top favorites. Each year, 10 amazing children’s products are given the Brilliance Award- highlighting them for the ability to encourage creativity, open-ended play, and a high quality experience. With multiple opportunities for gift buying coming up soon, the Brilliance Awards winners are the perfect gifts for any age, and reasonably priced from $9.99-$39.99 to fit any budget.
I was able to catch just a brief glimpse of everything Brilliant Sky Toys & Books has to offer when I reviewed a few of the 2014 Brilliance Award winners that were perfect for my boys. I was really excited when I saw that one of the award winners included a toy that I had placed on the boys’ Christmas list a few weeks earlier. So we decided to give it as a birthday gift for Reese, who recently turned 3, and it ended up being a hit with our entire family! The Brilliance Award was definitely spot on with Squigz! Each Squigz piece is essentially a brightly covered rubber-ish ball piece with one or more suction cups attached. You can attach them to each other, walls, windows, bathtubs, floors… the fun is endless! The boys definitely enjoyed playing with them on their Mamaw’s sliding glass doors! I can see so many play and learning opportunities in the future with our Squigz set, and I love that they are encouraged to use their imaginations and creative thinking skills with them.
In addition to Squigz, Maci and Aiden got to spend some fun time together with another Brilliance Award winner, a Plus-Plus Mini-Basic set. The pieces are essentially two “+” signs joined together to form a dense rubber brick that can be used to build all kinds of exciting things. They built a ship and helicopter together, and I had fun using the colors in different combinations to make 2-D pictures. The open-ended play with Plus-Plus is amazing and what can be created is completely up to their imagination!
The last Brilliance Award winner we reviewed is just one example of the fun and imaginative books that Brilliant Sky Toys & Books carries- Illustrated Fairy Tales by Usborne. My boys have always been fans of books in general, but they’re really starting to be interested in the world of fairy tales and lore, so this book was spot on for them. Aiden really loved the pictures that went along with each story- ones like The Frog Prince, Little Red Riding Hood, and Sleeping Beauty.
You can find the entire list of Brilliant Sky’s locations on their website, and see if you have one near you (and oh, how I wish I was closer to one!). They are perfect for your next birthday party, Christmas gift, or any other time an amazing toy or book is needed for your special kiddo, and the Brilliance Award winners are a sure way to make sure you get just the toy that’s needed. Plus, Brilliant Sky has a blog where they go beyond the toys to talk in depth about the toymakers and story behind them.
We have enjoyed every toy from Brilliant Sky and it’s ability to encourage our kids to go beyond the screen, cords, and technology so much that we’ve teamed up with them to offer our readers a fantastic giveaway – winner’s choice of any one item from the 2014 Brilliance Awards list! Be sure to enter below!